Pure Ge­nius

Sea­son 1 M-Net Sat (*101) 19:30 Drama

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 4 MARCH -

Hos­pi­tal drama Pure Ge­nius (2016-2017) is like Grey’s Anatomy (2005-cur­rent) on steroids and with loads of tech­nol­ogy thrown into the mix. The sin­gle-sea­son show fol­lows spe­cial­ists at the Bunker Hill med­i­cal fa­cil­ity and their tech-guru leader James Bell (Au­gus­tus Prew). And while it’s not said out­right, James has been likened to SA-born tech­nol­ogy wiz­ard Elon Musk, who is cur­rently rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing space ex­plo­ration and electric cars. But there’s a dif­fer­ence – Elon isn’t dy­ing from what’s meant to be an in­cur­able dis­ease… James is!

He has been di­ag­nosed with re­al­life neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion G erst man­nSträussl er-Sc he ink er syn­drome (GSS) and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Ja­son Ka­tims says that “the idea of com­bin­ing tech­nol­ogy and medicine was some­thing in­trigu­ing from the be­gin­ning. But [like James], it was also per­sonal mo­ti­va­tion be­cause when my fa­ther and wife fell ill at the same time, it re­newed my re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion for doc­tors and how much they cared and fought for pa­tients”.

But what would a hero like James be with­out a side­kick? He in­vites sur­geon Dr Wal­lace (Der­mot Mul­roney) to visit and have a 3D ac­tion fig­ure of him­self made, plan­ning from the start to con­vince Wal­lace to join as chief of surgery. Wal­lace was sus­pended at his pre­vi­ous job for us­ing an un­ap­proved drug on a dy­ing pa­tient and it’s that spirit that James wants lead­ing his team. And like Grey’s, there’s work­place ro­mance that leads to in­ter-team drama, but the real star is tech­nol­ogy. While some is purely for TV, a lot is be­ing used in the med­i­cal world. iPad tablets are re­plac­ing pa­per charts, 3D print­ing is used to recre­ate bones and or­gans like hearts, and pro­cesses take hours in­stead of days, mak­ing Pure Ge­nius a fun watch for fans of med­i­cal dra­mas and sci-fi alike.

The Pure Ge­nius doc­tors, led by Dr Wal­lace and James Bell (cen­tre).

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